Been thinking about "the genius" a little more.
My wife and kids saw him perform outdoors in downtown Reno a couple of years ago. I was on a trip or would have been there. I have been sorry I missed that, and so glad that they went. A good friend caught him at Newport in about 1959 and really introduced me to his music.
It would be hard to explain what an impact "I can't stop loving you" had on popular music in 1962. All music sales went up sharply on the impetus of that one song's popularity. Radio stations would play it during every hour even though it was twice as long as the popular songs of the day.
I have it on very good authority that Ray once hand-flew his own M-404 and may have flown his own Viscount briefly. I loved the commercial with him driving the car. It was for real. He was alone in it, driving on a big dry lake somewhere in the American west and it was filmed safely from above.
I have to go home and transfer my genius after hours
album to a CD
Thanks for the music Ray.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.